Howard Co. to put $3.8M to­ward flood re­me­di­a­tion

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Howard County will put $3.8 mil­lion to­ward flood re­me­di­a­tion projects to pre­vent po­ten­tial fu­ture flood­ing in El­li­cott City, which saw a cat­a­strophic flash flood in July that killed two peo­ple. Six projects an­nounced by Howard County Ex­ec­u­tive Al­lan H. Kit­tle­man on Wednes­day will help re­build re­tain­ing walls and sta­bi­lize stream banks. Some of the projects could be­gin by the end of this year and be done by sum­mer 2017, of­fi­cials said. “It’s a qual­ity-of-life is­sue for those who live here,” Kit­tle­man said in a state­ment, “and I am com­mit­ted to mak­ing sure we move for­ward with these crit­i­cal projects to strengthen our in­fra­struc­ture for fu­ture storm events.” On July 30, 6 inches of rain fell in less than two hours, send­ing tor­rents of wa­ter through El­li­cott City’s Main Street and de­stroy­ing busi­nesses and homes. Main Street for­mally re­opened last week. The $3.8 mil­lion in­cludes a $1.7 mil­lion fed­eral grant from the Nat­u­ral Re­sources Con­ser­va­tion Ser­vices, which will help re­pair walls dam­aged by the flash flood. Funds will also go to­ward clear­ing de­bris from the Hud­son stream chan­nel. The county will also sta­bi­lize a

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